Workshop - Sustainable materials and construction techniques

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The Workshop was held in the framework of the CESBA Regional Conference: "Opportunities and challenges for sustainable renovation of public buildings and social housing in Veneto Region"

Workshop details

Title: “Opportunities and challenges for sustainable refurbishment of public buildings and social housing in Veneto Region - Workshop with SMEs - Producers – Architects”

Data: 10.12.2014

Duration: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Location: “Lybra” Meeting Room - VEGA Building - First Floor - Via delle Industrie 17 / A - Marghera (VE)

Target audience: SMEs, Producers of building materials, craftmen, architects and engineers, researches

Number of participants: 18

Workshop topics

  • The recent EU COM 445/2014.
  • Implementation of the indicator “Indoor air quality“ in sustainable building
  • Sustainable materials and building techniques.
  • Presentation of the Vorarlberg BauBook platform and its database for sustainable construction.
  • Critical issues in the use of sustainable materials in Veneto.
  • Creation of a Veneto Region disciplinary on the use of sustainable materials in the renovation of public buildings and social housing.

Output of the Workshop

Participants discussed about main constrains in the use of sustainable materials for construction and the opportunities to improve the current situation in Veneto Region. All of them agree about the great help for builders and planners of having access to a comprehensive database with technical specifications of sustainable materials and related building techniques.
Looking at the experience of the BauBook platform for ecological materials developed in Vorarlberg, participants agreed on some key issues for the development of a similar instruments in the Veneto context. As it is for Baubook, it would be useful to have a Veneto tool with a database of materials that could be sorted according to a certain pre-defined sustainability criteria to be met (i.e quality of the indoor air). This would allow designers and builders to choose between comparable products complying to the same criteria and it would also facilitate public institutions in designing tender specifications according to the desirable criteria that should be met by the construction company.
With regard to the use of local materials, the small producers think that the database should not include only EPD certified materials, since, in the opinion, the costs for certification of materials is now too high and some natural materials like clay does not need for any certification. According to local producers it is important to provide for a criteria of Regionalism of the product (as it is done for food products from short supply chains). Furthermore it would be useful to foster the cooperation with universities or research centers that could provide for the necessary certifications at a lower costs than private companies.
Participants gave great importance to transfer of information and to build training programs for both designers and enterprises.


Dr. Barbara Bonadies, Designer and consultant for bioclimatic and innovative projects for energy efficiency of buildings, keynote speaker for training seminar with PA technicians on the subject of bioclimatic and guidelines for sustainable building.

Sources and further information


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Veneto region
Palazzo Linetti, Cannaregio – Calle Priuli, 99
Venice, 30121, Italy
Phone: 041-2792334 and 041-2792335
Fax. 041-2792383
Alberti Franco, Veneto Region,